Ms. Pitscheider-Soraperra, you have always taken an interdisciplinary approach to curating the Women’s Museum. Your goal has been to make topics more approachable with visual art, theater, and movement. What has been the response? Stefania Pitscheider-Soraperra: “For us, the museum is not a container for exhibitions, but a place where society is debated. That is what is perceived in the professional world and by the public. We have enormous output, but at the same time there is a shortage of space, money and personnel. But we are confident that this will change.
There are currently about twenty women working in the Women’s Museum, all of who have different backgrounds. For instance, one studied gender studies, the other is a hiking guide, one is a pre-press technician and the other a farmer. Each of these women joins the team of facilitators with a readiness to deal intensively with our issues. After my twelve years in this institution, I still consider this to be a gift.
We are dedicating our anniversary year to these women and to seeing. The backstory is as follow: one of our cultural facilitators guided a university professor from Munich through the museum. At the end of the tour, he complimented her and then asked what her educational background was. She said: none, she was a farmer. At first the professor didn’t know what to say, to which she replied: “See, you’d be amazed!” That’s the essence of seeing, being amazed and truly comprehending. But it’s also about seeing and being open to other places in the world – that’s what we do at the international women’s museum conference. We have met in Mexico City, Buenos Aires, Alice Springs, Bonn or Istanbul. This year on our anniversary, we’re meeting in Hittisau.”